Friday, September 18, 2009
The Dissonance of Grace
There's a sound reverberating throughout the earth; this incredible melodic piece of music is coming straight from the Pied Piper, the holy composer himself, leading us out of our religious stupor into life. In fact the whole universe has been choreographed to His music.
I woke up this morning with a line from a song dancing and skipping over and over in my heart, “What would you do if I sang out of tune, would you stand up and walk out on me? I’m sure it had something to do with the you tube clip I have at the top that my wife had me listen to yesterday.
Every time God makes himself known in a much more intimate and personal way the rippling affects seem to bring such dissonance and division to the body of Christ, why is that?
Let’s look at the word dissonance for a review of its meaning shall we: inharmonious or harsh sound; cacophony.
Music: a simultaneous combination of tones conventionally accepted as being in a state of unrest and needing completion.
Was grace only there in the saving of our spirit uniting us, making us one with the Father, or was this same grace also there to infuse us with a deep heart reality of His total unconditional love for me/us, a grace that would bring the rest of us into harmony with the perfect pitch of our composer.
The music being heard and responded to is nothing new in one sense and yet what has been hidden within this music is transforming the hearts of many who have lived as followers of Christ and yet consumed, ruled by their fears. This isn’t some second experience but perhaps much more to the point an awakening of the heart as to what his grace was fully intended for but missed.
The Pied Piper Christ has lead me and I’m sure many others out of the inner trappings of the Matrix of religion which first as always begins from deep within us, and the ongoing transformation of being extricated is all part of our continued journey of discovering that we can live ‘loved.’
But why the dissonance within the family of God settings, why does this sweet sound of liberty and freedom sound so harsh and cause such unrest to many of our siblings? Could it possible be that it has NEVER EVER been an issue of us verse them, but in fact it has and is all about choosing Life over death. Each of us is responsible to freely choose His continued offer of life or settling for a mere form of godliness.
This voluntary response to this drummer’s beat goes sideways to anyone marching to the beat of religion, we are no longer remotely interested in spiritual parlour games, therefore our dancing to the music is being highly criticized which in my opinion will turn into something far more caustic in the not too far future, but I say, bring it on baby!!